Knowledge Equity – How to make Wikimedia more diverse, participatory and equitable

For the Wikimedia movement, the strategic focus of its work until 2030 is on “Knowledge Equity“. The aim is to remove social, political and technical barriers in order to enable everyone to use and create Free Knowledge. But how should this be realized? And what exactly does “Knowledge Equity” mean?


A Stage-Win for All of Us

Today, the European Parliament voted against a controversial draft Copyright Directive. Thrilling to the end, finally 328 against 278 with 31 abstentions. The road so far and what’s still at stake.

Rawpixel (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vintage_illustrations_by_Miss_May_Rivers_digitally_enhanced_by_rawpixel_109.jpg), „Vintage illustrations by Miss May Rivers digitally enhanced by rawpixel 109“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode

Tools for Wikipedians: Keeping track of what’s going on on Wikidata from Wikipedia

Wikipedians see editing articles as their craft. As anyone who takes pride in their craft knows, a well-equipped tool belt can make a difference. Time to look at some tools related to Wikidata that may help you in your everyday life on Wikipedia.

Kostas Kokkinos from Athens, Greece (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Words_on_a_Wall.jpg), „Words on a Wall“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode

UNESCO calls for participation: Recommendations on Open Educational Resources

Until June 1st 2018, UNESCO invites you to comment on its first draft recommendation to its member states on Open Educational Resources online. Why we are involved and why it matters.

Jason Krüger for Wikimedia Deutschland e.V., Wikimedia Conference 2018, Group photo (2), CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.de)

Free Knowledge Worldwide: The Faces behind Wikimedia – Part 1

For many people, Free Knowlege is mostly synonymous with Wikipedia. Worldwide, tens of thousands of people, from volunteer communities to staff, work tirelessly to give even more people more access to more knowlege. At this year’s Wikimedia Conference, the annual meeting of the Wikimedia Movement, we interviewed some of them about their commitment to Free Knowlege.


The countdown to WMCON 2018 is on!

The Wikimedia Conference is the annual meeting of all Wikimedia organizations to discuss the future of the Wikimedia movement. Now we’re ready to share the first edition of a program full of varied and participative sessions: The preliminary program has been published on Meta.


Walking the walk – Working together for a global movement

Two international workshops took place at WMDE in November: The “Volunteer Supporters meeting” and the “Partnerships meeting”. Read about them here.

Jens Ohlig (WMDE), CC by-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode 4.0/deed.de)

WikidataCon 2017

WikidataCon, the first conference dedicated to the Wikidata community took place in Berlin on October 28th and 29th. How to summarize this event? It was a huge success, both from the point of view of the community and the organizing team, and we hope that you enjoyed the event as much as we did.


Going regional – Wikimedia Deutschland at the CEE Meeting

Dieser Beitrag ist auch auf Deutsch verfügbar . The Central and Eastern European (CEE) meeting 2017, took place in Warsaw from September 22nd to 25th. Four staff members from Wikimedia …


Data Partnerships with Wikidata: beaTunes

An interview with Hendrik Schreiber of beaTunes about how to use Wikidata in a commercial software product.


Ladies That FOSS — Welcoming 35 women coders into the FOSS movement and that was just the beginning

German summary: Ladies That FOSS war ein Hackathon gerichtet an Frauen, die Interesse an Freier und Open Source Software (FOSS) …


Being a Volunteer Developer for Wikimedia projects: An Interview with Greta Doçi

Interview by Sandra Muellrick. This blog post is also available in German . As a volunteer, Greta has been active in the Wikimedia movement …


Software product management as an internship: Learning about the real world at Wikimedia Deutschland

German summary: Glorian Yapinus aus Indonesien hat gerade sechs Monate Praktikum in der Software-Entwicklung bei Wikimedia Deutschland hinter sich. Hauptsächlich …


Software Craftsmanship at Wikimedia Deutschland: Rewriting the Wikimedia Deutschland fundraising application

German summary: Jeroen De Dauw, Software-Architekt bei Wikimedia Deutschland, hat in zwei Blogposts architektonischen Überlegungen hinter einer umfangreichen Refaktorisierung der …


10 cool queries for Wikidata that will blow your mind. Number 7 will shock you.

Dieser Blogpost ist auch auf Deutsch verfügbar. Wikidata is an open knowledge base that collects facts (statements) on pieces of knowledge (items). It is run by the …